Soccer stakeholders in Sierra Leone want national congress

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Football stakeholders nationwide have called on the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Nahim Khadi, and his executive to immediately summon a national congress in accordance with the constitution of the FA governing body.

The congress, they said, is aimed at addressing a breach of the constitution and the preparations of the national team, the Leone Stars, for the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup.

According to an official of a local soccer club, Foday Turay, a three-page letter with 37 signatures has been sent to Khadi and copied to the Minister of Youth and Sports, following the defeat of the country’s national teams last weekend.

The Leone Stars and the Shooting Stars suffered humiliating defeats to Liberia and Senegal respectively, with Leone Stars losing 1-3 in a friendly and the Shooting Stars losing 0-2 in an African Nations Cup Championship qualifier in Dakar.

The letter reminded the FA president and the authorities that the term of the current executive would expire 29 May, 2008

“Therefore, national congress should be held at the end of this month, wherein a financial report is expected to be read and also an election be conducted for a new executive to take office”.

“The present executive committee has been constantly and deliberately violating the provision of the status of the constitution of SLFA with impunity. The current executive has no plan to convene the SLFA congress that was scheduled for May 29th this year.

“If the slated date for the congress expires without convening a new one, the four man regional committee and the General Secretary will automatically take over the activities of the Association in a period of one month, upon which an elective congress should be convened to elect a new President and executive,” the letter said.

Responding, Secretary General of the SLFA, Alimu Bah, said the association would soon meet to convene the congress, whether or not a protest letter was sent to it.

Meanwhile, angry Sierra Leoneans have been condemning the SLFA executive for subjecting Sierra Leone to humiliation.

According to Mohamed Cole, a sport enthusiast, Leone stars have not won any international competition during the past eight years. Panapress .

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